Huawei to start fourth batch HarmonyOS 3 Public beta by this month
A Chinese user asked Huawei customer care service about the next HarmonyOS 3 public beta batch test and it’s revealed it to start by the end of this month.
According to customer service, Huawei will begin the fourth batch of HarmonyOS 3 public beta testing by the end of this month consisting of Nova 8, Nova 8 Pro, and Nova 8 Pro 4G. On the other hand, models such as Nova 8 SE and Nova 8 SE Vitality are likely to get HarmonyOS 3 beta slot by December or January 2023.
Last week, Huawei initiated HarmonyOS 3 stable rollout for the second batch of 15 smartphones that included:
- Huawei Nova 10
- Huawei Nova 10 Pro
- Huawei Nova 9
- Huawei Nova 9 Pro
- Huawei P40
- Huawei P40 4G
- Huawei P40 Pro
- Huawei P40 Pro+
- Huawei Mate 30
- Huawei Mate 30 5G
- Huawei Mate 30 Pro
- Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G
- Huawei Mate 30 RS Porsche Design
- Huawei Mate 30E Pro 5G
- Huawei Mate Xs
Alongside these smartphones, Huawei announced the third batch of HarmonyOS 3 public beta for MatePad Pro 5G 10.8, MatePad Pro 10.8, and MatePad 10.8. On the other hand, Nova 6 and Nova 7 series smartphones entered closed beta testing.
Other than these, Huawei rolled out a big software update for 28 Huawei smartphones and tablets that comes with a number of new additions, optimizations, and security improvements. Check the full details here.
Currently, Huawei is expanding the reach of HarmonyOS for old smartphones, as Mate 50 series was the first to bring this out of the box.
At Huawei Developer Conference 2022, Huawei confirmed 320 million installations on smart devices and there’s a 113% on-year growth.
HarmonyOS 3 comes with an improved super device feature, as well as smart collaboration improvements, there are shared capabilities that allow you to share the content across smart screens.
This new HarmonyOS version also gets you better home screen management with functions such as smart folders and service widgets group.
Huawei launches new camera app features
HarmonyOS 3.1 comes with various new features and Huawei has finally made some changes to the stock camera app, which, we’ll going to discuss in this article.
The first appearance of these changes could be found in the Huawei P60 series. However, the software will soon expand for more users and these phones may also get the same camera app.
As for your information, Huawei has highlighted two new camera app features with HarmonyOS 3.1. These are – the new telephoto round dial and the latest shortcut features below the shutter button.
Let’s start with the first, the new camera app improved the way we interact with the telephoto zoom. For example, you now have a bit clear user interface. The zoom labels for wide, 1x, and more have been separated without dots.
But a major change is found in the manual zoom bar, which now has a rotating dial. With this new addition, the camera will render a real-time rotating dial to match the zoom level on the screen.
For example, you can increase or decrease the zoom with a tap and hold and left and right actions. This will adjust the zoom according to the movement of the dial. There’s a red stoppage, which indicates the current zoom level similar to a DSLR.
Compared to this new telephoto range, the existing Huawei stock camera app uses a horizontal bar to change the zoom levels. However, the new way is easy as found by many users.
With HarmonyOS 3.1, Huawei is also improving your way to interact with the most common camera settings. These are now placed below the shutter button. The addition is completely new to the Huawei camera app and increases its reachability.
For example, the phone’s most common top menu options are by expanding the up icon below the shutter button. It includes AI mode, flash, select aspect ratio, move pictures, select a filter, and more. The feature also supports left and right action to show more on-screen options.
New camera app:
These are two major changes that the new stock Huawei camera app and there might be more simple tweaks waiting to explore. For global users, the new camera app could come with EMUI 13.1 and we’ll look forward to it.
24 oldest Huawei smartphones begin HarmonyOS 3 journey [List]
HarmonyOS 3 is about to conclude the beta roadmap in China because Huawei has opened the very last phase of the entire schedule with the 24 oldest Huawei smartphones.
These phones belong to both budget and mid-range price segments, while some of these belong to Huawei’s former subsidiary – Honor. Despite the partition, Huawei keeps on sending this software update for Honor phones from 2020 or before.
It’s good that Huawei decided not to leave Honor phones in limbo, at least in China. Meanwhile, smartphone owners of Huawei Nova 6 SE and the entire Nova 5 series are happy about the recruitment. These phone users have been waiting for this announcement since last December.
However, it’s finally here, and below are the 24 oldest Huawei smartphones to participate in the HarmonyOS 3 closed beta recruitment.
- Huawei Nova 6 SE
- Huawei Nova 5
- Huawei Nova 5i Pro
- Huawei Nova 5z
- Huawei Nova 4
- Huawei Maimang 9 5G
- Huawei Enjoy Z 5G
- Huawei Enjoy 20 Pro 5G
- Huawei Enjoy 20 Plus 5G
- Huawei Enjoy 20 5G
- Huawei Nova 4e
- Huawei Nova 5i
- Huawei Enjoy 10 Plus
- Huawei Maimang 8
- Huawei Enjoy 9S
- Huawei Enjoy 10S
- Honor Play4
- Honor 20
- Honor 20 Pro
- Honor V20
- Honor V20 MOSCHINO Version
- Honor Magic 2
- Huawei MatePad 5G 10.4 inches
- Huawei MatePad 10.4 inches.
These are a lot of models and it’s praiseworthy that Huawei is taking care of these forgotten smartphones with a top-notch software upgrade. Coming back to the beta activity details, HarmonyOS 3 beta is opened with limited slots including 500 bookings for the long version and 1500 for no log version on each device/model.
The latest HarmonyOS 3 recruitment falls under the closed test environment, which means only a handful of smartphones will receive the Beta OTA package. However, a wider version of the beta will begin with the public version of the HarmonyOS 3 release.
Meanwhile, you should know that these phone users will get a first ride to the newest HarmonyOS 3 features before it is released as a stable version.
HarmonyOS 3.1 beta is coming for old Huawei devices
Recently, Huawei launched the Huawei P60 series and it comes with a pre-installed HarmonyOS 3.1 operating system. As we now know that HarmonyOS 3.1 is also coming soon for old Huawei devices.
According to the information coming from Weibo tipsters, Huawei is near to opening the public beta activity for the HarmonyOS 3.1 software update and the first batch will announce in April.
At HDC 2023, Huawei announced HarmonyOS 3.1 developer preview and the company also shared a development roadmap. In February this year, Huawei step up public testing and opened the developer preview for Huawei P50 and P50 Pro. Since then, Huawei kept all of the tests enclosed at the developers level.
However, Huawei recently completed the HarmonyOS 3.1 test for all of its internal devices including the Huawei Mate 50 series. Therefore, it’s time to begin a more consumer-friendly version of this HarmonyOS version.
HarmonyOS 3.1 comes with various new changes. However, the company has significantly improved the system fluency and performance with this major upgrade. The animations are optimized and feel more realistic all around the software. Huawei P60 series users report that the overall interactions are way better than the HarmonyOS 3.0.
HarmonyOS 3.1 also installs better features for the camera and especially the always-on display. People will get to taste new security features as well as the new smart additions for foldable devices.
Once announced, Huawei will open activity for several models. The Huawei P50, Mate 50, P40, and Mate 40 could be in the first phase along with P50 Pocket, and Mate Xs 2 devices. Users can sign up with the My Huawei app after the beta notifications. Still, the application will take some time to evaluate the candidate to participate in the HarmonyOS 3.1 test.
Currently, Huawei has not announced HarmonyOS 3.1 beta recruitment for old Huawei smartphones but we’ll keep you posted with all of the developments on this matter.